Many of us do not realize that we are stressed, how much we are stressed or even if our work colleagues are stressed. There are a variety of ways that stress can be observed. For example an employee who is experiencing high levels of stress may become depressed, accident prone or argumentative; may have difficulty making routine decisions; may be easily distracted.
Below are a list of signs and symptoms directly related to stress. How many of the do you have?
High blood pressure
Elevated blood sugar levels, Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
Frequent days off work
Low energy levels and fatigue
Increased heart and breathing rates
Migraines and headaches.
Skin can also show reddening, blushing, eczema, psoriasis and increased sweating
Muscle stiffness, soreness and aches.
In the short term “butterflies” in stomach, or feeling of nausea.
Irregular bowel movements (should be 1-2x/day approximately the same time)
Appetite suppression or overeating
Reproductive abnormalities, decreased testosterone and erectile dysfunction, irregular or loss of menstrual cycle in women and loss of libido.
Frequent colds and flu and other infectious disease
Negative or depressive feelings
Disappointment in self
Increased emotional reactions – more tearful, sensitive or aggressive
Loneliness or withdrawn
Loss of motivation commitment and confidence
Anger and rage
Not happy and lack fun in your life
Mental symptoms include;
Confusion and indecision
Inability to concentrate
Poor mental focus and concentration
Feel busy/not enough time
Coffee in the morning or to stay awake
Daily confectionary and chocolate
Daily soft drinks
Daily cakes and pastries
Excessive television watching
If you listed a few of these you are probably stressed whether you agree with it or not. Denial is the worst disease because it stops you from taking real action.
In a state of total wellness you can eliminate the perception of chronic stress that pervades your life and have the resilience to deal with any short-term stress. In a state of total wellness you do not have all the dysfunction and disease states mentioned above but are healthy, enjoy what you do and feel in control of your life.
Unfortunately, to treat stress modern society often treats the related health problems so we use ulcer medications, hypertension treatments, tranquillisers, sleeping pills and antidepressants, or self medicate with cigarettes, alcohol and drugs rather than address the factors that are out of balance in our wellness potential.